9-Year-Old Boy Saves Winter, Gets Snowball Fights Legalized in Severance, CO

Curtis Weller | Friday FunFriday Fun

If there were one winter activity enjoyed by almost everyone it would have to be a good old-fashioned snowball fight. You don’t need expensive equipment, you don’t need mountains, heck you don’t even need snow, sleet will work. Given the ubiquity of snowball fights, it is almost incomprehensible to believe that until recently snowballs were illegal in Severance, Colorado.

Thanks to Severance’s almost century-old definition of a missile, snowballs were on par with rocks, bullets, and arrows. You know, things generally not permissible to throw, shoot, or discharge in city limits due to fears of bodily harm and property damage. That was until 9-year-old Dane Best heard about the ban.

“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Kyle Rietkerk, Assistant to the Severance town Administrator. Source: CBSNews

After learning about this grave injustice Dane became obsessed with the issue. With the encouragement of his parents, he approached the town council about overturning the ban. Armed with a power point presentation, Dane went in front of the town council and argued his case for legalizing snowballs in Severance. After Dane’s three-minute presentation, and after some questions by the council members, the town council voted unanimously to overturn the ban.

Shortly after legalizing snowballs, Mayor Don McLeod walked outside with Dane and his little brother Dax and gave each of them a snowball. Dane and Dax Best then threw the first legal snowballs in the history of the Town of Severance, Colorado.

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Dane Best throws the first legal snowball in the history of the Town of Severance, Colorado. Source: CBS Denver

And after Monday night’s success, his 4-year-old brother Dax had better watch out. When board members asked Dane during a meeting in November who he wants to hit, he pointed directly at his little brother. Source: CBSNews


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